Maile M. Hirota - Hirota & Associate | Citizenship and Immigration Law
Ms. Hirota has been selected by her peers to be included in the 21st edition of The Best Lawyers in America© for 2015 in the practice area of Immigration Law. She also has been named the Best Lawyers' 2014-15 Honolulu Immigration Law "Lawyer of the Year." Only a single lawyer in each practice area, in each community is being honored as a "Lawyer of the Year." Inclusion in Best Lawyers is based on a rigorous peer-review survey comprising confidential evaluations by top attorneys. Because no fee or purchase is required, being listed in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Maile Hirota represented An Na Peng in her successful Presidential Pardon. President Barack Obama granted seventeen pardons on March 1, 2013, one of them to Honolulu resident and Hirota & Associates client, An Na Peng. Ms. Peng legally immigrated from China and sought the pardon as a last resort while she fought deportation for 17 years. If she had not won her case at the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, the Presidential pardon would have been her only hope. The presidential pardon granted to An Na Peng is the first immigration-related pardon in more than a decade.